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Supporting Your Child's Learning

streaming video and podcast download availableWebcast: December 17, 2008

Scott Foresman says that you are your child's first and best teacher.

A child's education encompasses all of the learning she or he does in life. Parents/caregivers facilitate and support their children's total education in many ways. Learning, while engaging in everyday activities in the home and community, stimulates creativity, enjoyment, and imagination. When children ask questions, make predictions, offer explanations and explore in a safe environment, they learn how to learn and how to think.

This webcast was designed to provide ideas to support your child's learning.


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Reading At Bedtime

Length: 6 minutes
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Literacy and Numeracy on the Fridge

Length: 7 minutes
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Getting Organized For School

Length: 3.5 minutes
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Cooking French Toast

Length: 8.5 minutes
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Shopping: At The Supermarket

Length: 5 minutes
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Shopping: Planning

Length: 6.5 minutes
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Sorting, Matching and Making Patterns

Length: 4.5 minutes
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Making Lunch For School

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Art Experiences

Length: 15.5 minutes
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Cultivating Interests

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Reading At Bedtime

Reading with and to your child is important for the sheer enjoyment of bonding over a good book and developing the life-long habit of reading. In this clip, the Reid family participates in a reader's theatre experience. The parents model good reading, ask probing questions and encourage the children to problem-solve, and participate in the reading.

Literacy and Numeracy on the Fridge

In any household, the refrigerator door attracts a lot of traffic and is therefore a perfect place to post puzzles for children.

Problem-solving and articulating one's thinking are life-long skills. In this podcast you will hear Simaya's thinking as she solves the puzzles by herself. Caroline encourages her daughter to experiment and take risks. An occasional open-ended question, such as "why did you choose to do that first?" helps Simaya adjust and clarify her thinking.

Getting Organized For School

Thomas prepares everything ahead of time so that leaving for school in the morning runs smoothly. He organizes whatever he needs for the following day, in his school bag and places his lunch in the refrigerator. Simple organizational routines build lifelong skills necessary throughout his school years and beyond.

Cooking French Toast

Cooking involves the application of real literacy and numeracy skills such as reading, listening, speaking and measuring, estimating, predicting and of course adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing in a fun and natural way. It is a wonderful opportunity to build vocabulary, read for a purpose and develop life-long social skills. Let's meet the Reid family as they make French toast together on Sunday morning.

Shopping: At the Supermarket

The weekly shopping excursion becomes a fun learning experience for the whole family as they scan the shelves and signs in search of the best value. Before making a choice, Asia and Kiana read the labels and consult with their parents on the merits of the purchase. Once they determine the healthy choices, they cross off selected items and add them to the grocery cart. This real life experience makes learning enjoyable and relevant.

Shopping: Planning

Join the Reid family as they turn a familiar weekend routine into a very appealing morning. To prepare to go grocery shopping, they skim the ads, looking for specials and create a list to guide their family's shopping. Asia and Kiana are fully engaged in authentic literacy and numeracy work, learning new strategies and vocabulary along the way.

Sorting, Matching and Making Patterns

Many rich opportunities exist for building vocabulary and mathematical concepts as children discover similarities, differences and relationships among objects found around the house. Tobias is developing his observational skills as he explores a variety of objects by sorting, classifying and creating patterns. He is also building a rich vocabulary with which to describe his observations and actions.

Making Lunch For School

Thomas builds his independence by preparing his own school lunch. He chooses what to prepare and does the work himself under the supervision of his mom. As he prepares lunch he is measuring, estimating, following directions and building his vocabulary.

Art Experiences

When children do artwork, it allows them to be creative while learning about colour, shape, texture, and pattern. They don't need special materials - they can work with everyday items around the house. Creating the artwork lets children experiment and build their self-confidence while they have fun. When they begin to talk about the art they have created, they develop their vocabulary.

Cultivating Interests

Thomas is keenly interested in learning about the Titanic. His mom suggests they go to the local library and see what information they can find. When they return, Thomas searches the internet for additional resources and is delighted to find many ways he can learn more about this topic. During his inquiry Thomas has fun reading, analyzing and organizing vast amounts of information. He is thinking about what he is reading, asking questions, drawing inferences and synthesizing information. His genuine interest in the topic motivates Thomas to think deeply and plan an innovative way to share his information with family and friends. This learning experience helps Thomas develop literacy skills that will serve him well throughout his school years and beyond.


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